Storks forced to make last-ditch arrangements after cancellation

Tom Bradley clears the danger.
Tom Bradley clears the danger.

Newly-promoted Padiham have been left trying to line up a replacement pre-season fixture after FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic pulled out of Tuesday night’s game at the Arbories.

An official from the Championship side contacted the Storks on Wednesday week to apologise for the postponement, and Padiham have accepted Wigan’s reasons for the cancellation.

However, that has left the Storks looking to arrange another game before their season kicks-off on Saturday, August 17th.

The club will release further details as and when this has been arranged.

Meanwhile a Padiham X1 beat Great Harwood Rovers FC 2-0 on a rain-swept Arbories pitch on Wednesday night to add to their 2-0 away win at Witton Albion on Tuesday night.

The game at EvoStik Premier Division side Witton - the first meeting between the sides in 100 years - was a big test for the Storks, who came away with a confidence-boosting win.

Striker Martin Trickett celebrated his debut with two first-half goals, netting after 21 minutes and then three minutes from the break, with Witton going close in the second period when Tom Bradley cleared off the line to prevent the hosts pulling one back.

Tomorrow, Padiham take on Skelmersdale United at the Arbories, kick off 3 p.m.

Padiham kick-start the town’s Community Festival and Sports Week with a Comedy and Curry Night at their clubhouse tonight.

The entertainment is provided by comedians Mike McGuire and Dave Wolfe, and Andy Ashworth will act as MC.

Doors open at 7-15 p.m. for a 7-45 p.m. start, with tickets costing £10.

For further details contact Padiham FC secretary Alan Smith on 07775717698.